Personally, if you want a good story, you can't beat the Odyssey. Also, Penn Jillette's "God, No" is pretty good.
Has To Kill A Mockingbird been mentioned?
Also, The Universe in a Nutshell. :)
In don't worship books.
What books do atheists worship? I simple cannot answer that question. While there are many good books, what I do know is that the gullible claim that "we all worship something" and they add that information into the mass of bad ideas they use to prove their god, and that he is worthy of worship. You worship your wife, your car, your money, television, Elvis, etc. I totally disagree! Then Dylan had a song claiming that we all "serve somebody." I think the idea here is that you gotta serve God. Again, I disagree! This entire mess is like saying we all eat, or that we all pooh. So what. How can you use that crap in a legitimate religious way?
I'm probably going to regret this, but . . . the meaning of a word depends largely on context, and most English words have multiple meanings, which makes equivocation a particularly insidious tactic in argument while befuddling many believers. I took "worship" in a religious sense because the OP said "you atheists," implying that she is not one. I didn't take it very seriously, though. I have a lot of fundamentalist students, and they often say "theory" when they mean "hypothesis" or "guess." "It's just a theory," they say. I take pains to explain that "theory" in general conversation has one meaning and in science it has another. Another example is "faith;" as in "you have faith the sun will rise tomorrow." "Evolution" only means change, as in "my view on gay rights is evolving," or "Corvettes have really evolved since 1957," rather than "descent with modification" or "biological change through natural selection." Equivocation, using a word in two different senses in an argument, is a logical fallacy that many people can't spot. I try not to use words that give the other side an opening to start the doubletalk. Will it make any difference? Probably not.
The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful symbolic novel that resonates with multiple meanings. Nathaniel Hawthorne's ancestors were Puritans, with his grandfather, John Hathorne, serving as a judge at the Salem witch trials in 1692, and Hawthorne chafed against Puritan disapproval of story telling. Hawthorne's Puritans focus on man's sinful nature so intently that they ignore all the beauties of the human spirit. It's also a love story, which most readers miss, but Hester waits seven years for Dimmesdale to run away with her, then returns years later so she can be buried next to him.
Try The Great Gatsby.
"What books do you atheists worship?" Why would people or any persuasion worship a book, and who are "you atheists?" Sounds like you are getting some data together for a study. It also sounds like you are not an atheist.
Please explain to me also what you mean by "a book that explains the science of homosexuality." I never knew that homosexuality was a science. WTF? Jez, Jezzy. I'm really lost here.
Hi Jezzy, I put this list together for you and then discovered that you sent your message in 2009. Oh well, here it is. When you finish with these books let me know and I will send you another list.
Saint Mark D. E. Nineham
Saint Luke G.B Caird
Saint Matthew J.C. Fenton
The Spiders House Paul Bowles
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (5 Volume Set) Keith R. Crim &George A. Buttrick
The History of the Church Eusebius
The Early Church Henry Chadwick
The Passover Plot Hugh J. Schonfield
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Murder in Amsterdam : The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance Ian Buruma
The Histories Tacitus
The Histories Herodotus
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything Christopher Hitchens
Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders Linda Sillitoe and Allen Roberts
Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer
Constantine's Bible David L. Dungan
The Holy Qur'an with English Translation Maulana Muhammad Ali
A World Lit Only by Fire William Manchester
Crimes Against Humanity Geoffrey Robertson
Scientology L. Ron Hubbard
Josephus and the New Testament Steve Mason
The Bible as History Werner Keller
In Search of Historical Jesus Lee Roddy
The Life and Times of Constantine the Great by D. G. Kousoulas
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome by Richard E. Rubenstein
Church of Lies Flora Jessop
Interesting list. I saved it, and will check-out some of them.